Strand: Battle for Education

Education is always the subject of heated debates at the Battle of Ideas, touching as it does not only on questions about what is taught and how, but also on the very nature of knowledge and the relationship between the past and the future. Everyone agrees high standards are a good thing, but is the new maths curriculum too hard? Should we ask the pupils for their opinion? Or are we better looking to cognitive science to guide how we teach and learn? Should schools get kids ready for work? Or make them better citizens? This strand also includes an illustrated history of a thousand years of schooling in England.